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April 10, 2014 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 45

The new-look Villager wins first-place award for Design Excellence

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inning for overall design, headlines, editorial page, photography and more, the Villager took home eight awards in the New York Press Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. One hundred fifty-eight newspapers — mostly community weeklies — PHOTO BY TEQUILA MINSKY

The Trailblazers were excited to kick off the season together at Pier 40 on Saturday.

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he Greenwich Village Little League celebrated the spring season’s opening day and the league’s 30th anniversary on Saturday morning. Players from the league’s T-ball through baseball Seniors divisions, as well as parents, coaches and local politicians, gathered at Pier 40 in Hudson River Park for a parade of teams, remarks from

G.V.L.L. leadership and local politicians, plus the ceremonial first pitch. The league, founded in 1984, today serves about 800 players ages 4 to 16 and is run entirely by volunteers. Area businesses, such as The Brass Monkey and Warby Parker, sponsor individual teams. As coaches assembled their players and distributed uniforms before the parade, Kirk Arrowood, coach of the softball T-ball division’s Coyotes,

remarked on the league’s continued growth. The Coyotes’ division doubled from two to four teams this year, he noted. “Families are moving here and getting involved,” he said. Some of the league’s players were focused not on the day’s pomp and circumstance, but solely on the game. “I want to play,” said Jordan Gins-

AWARDS, continued on p. 14

Chelsea raises Cain over church air rights sale for jumbo tower

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from around New York State submitted entries for the contest, which this year was judged by members of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. Last year, Jennifer Goodstein, who became The Villager’s publisher in August 2012, spearheaded an ambitious redesign of

esidents of W. 16th St., now joined by local elected officials, are continuing their fight against the “monstrous” and “out of scale” development currently underway on their block — and they’re also hoping for some divine intervention

that could cut the planned building’s size in half. The block residents have been outraged since last December, when Einhorn Development Group revealed it was building an 11-story condo building at 124 W. 16th St., between Sixth and Seventh Aves., next to and above the 180-year-old French EvanCHELSEA, continued on p. 13

G.V.L.L., continued on p. 16

‘The mounds’ are now ‘the valley’......................page 2 Pedaling a safer Hudson St. bike lane..............page 5 www.TheVillager.com

Eggcellent workshop........page 27


THE QUESTION:

Who is the new voice in morning radio that everyone is talking about?

THE ANSWER:

JOE PISCOPO!

Olivia Markel, left, gave a hand to her sister Anneke on the new cable-rope play structure as dad, Clayton, behind them, waited his turn to try his balancing skill.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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n Monday, without fanfare, the construction fences around the lawn and play area in Washington Square Park’s southwestern quadrant came down, finally reopening this part of the park to the public. According to the Parks Department, the new park building is also nearly complete and will be opened “very soon,” which will wrap up phase three of the park’s multiyear renovation project. A date for a dedication ceremony to mark the work’s completion has not been set yet. “The mounds,” three small, rubber-coated climbing hills, used to be a toddlers’ play feature in this area of the park, but they fell into disrepair. They have now been replaced with a small sunken valley, covered in springy artificial plastic grass that blends seamlessly into the lawn. Suspended above this depression is a new cable-rope play structure for older children. The new park building incorporates several previous structures into one. “The building recalls the history of earlier pavilions within the park,” a Parks spokesperson said. “Its subtle curvature and natural-material composition help minimize its intrusiveness in the park. The new pavilion in time will have vine plantings embracing the stone columns and draping along the reclaimed redwood trellis to soften this

new structure within the historic park landscape.” The comfort station and park house will be certified Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and will provide ADA-accessible public restrooms, headquarters for Parks Department District 2 staff, office space, storage and mechanical spaces and pumps that operate the fountain. Whether the police will also have a small space in the new building is “still in discussion,” according to the spokesperson. To create the new .87-acre lawn, the large dog run was relocated to the east along the park’s southern edge. On Monday, the Markels, from Santa Cruz, California, were having a ball on the new rope-play structure. The two girls were on spring break from school. “It’s really cool!” said Anneke, 12, lying on her back on a rope-ladder bridge. “At first we thought it was a piece of art,” said her sister Olivia, 14. “We were afraid we’d get arrested.” She said the lawn’s chain-and-post fencing made them think the climbing structure was off limits. Their dad, Clayton, a firefighter, noted he felt some static electricity while on the ropes when he touched one of its metal support poles — but it didn’t seem to be dampening the fun. A separate project will see work begin this winter on rebuilding the park’s perimeter sidewalks.

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OH, MAN(ATUS), THEY’RE CLOSED! After 23 years in business, Manatus, the popular Bleecker St. restaurant, suddenly closed on Sunday. Prohibitively high rent — what else is new? — was the cause. We hear they’re currently searching for a new location to reopen in the Village. We first heard about the closing from Susanna Aaron of Community Board 2, who we just recently learned grew up on Bleecker St. There aren’t really that many diner-style restaurants like

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LOWE AND THE 5 OH: Rob Lowe, who turned 50 last month, recently appeared in some street art — apparently painted on the ground, not chalked, so as to hang around for a while — in Washington Square Park. It wasn’t done by just any old (no pun intended) tagger or graffiti artist, but is part of AARP’s yearlong celebration of the last of the Baby Boomers, i.e. “The Generation That Changed the World,” who are hitting the big 5 Oh this year. Formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, AARP serves the needs of older Americans who are at least age 50, though they don’t have to be retired. Some other famous Boomers whose photos are shown at #Boomers50+ are Hillary Clinton, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, John F. Kennedy, John Belushi and, umm, G.I. Joe. Sadly, too many talented Boomers were taken away from us too soon. As for AARP street poster boy Lowe, the quinquagenarian (yes, it is a word) sex symbol is definitely still working. His new film, fittingly titled “Sex Tape,” is scheduled to be released soon, while another flick, “The Pro,” about former professional tennis players who had a major falling out, is in pre-production.

Manatus around anymore, she noted. And, hey, they always did have one of the coolest ads in The Villager, with the two guys arm wrestling, which ad rep Colin Gregory could always customize with messages and slogans on their biceps.

WEB-SURFIN’ SAFARI: Well, we’ve finally solved the mystery of why The Villager has hundreds of Facebook friends in Namibia. This past Monday, we received an email notice from a Zenao Angula alerting us about “The Villager newspaper weekly strategy meeting.” Yes, Jennifer Goodstein, our publisher, has instituted regular editors’ meetings here since taking over the paper — but in Africa? We don’t know exactly how we got on their e-mail list — maybe it was through our “The Villager Newspaper” Facebook page? — but it turns out there is, in fact, a Villager paper in Namibia. Their top story this week, in fact, is about a man who discovered his wife was cheating on him after seeing incriminating text messages on her phone, and then tied her to a tree overnight. She declined to press charges against him. Anyway, we e-mailed back Angula and straightened it all out. Who knows? Maybe we can become sister papers. For any Namibians who may be reading this paper — either mistakenly or who knows why — instead of the Namibian Villager, we note the passing of Andrew Intamba, 69, Namibia’s ambassador to Egypt, which we found out because it seems we are now also on the e-mail list of the Namibian Minister of

Foreign Affairs! According to an obituary in the Nambian Villager, which the minister linked to, Intamba “dedicated his youth to the country’s liberation struggle as a combatant of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), the ruling SWAPO Party’s former military wing.” Since design is a hot topic for us this week after our huge win of a first-place NYPA contest award, it’s interesting to note that the Namibia Villager has a thatch-roofed hut taking the spot of the small “a” in the “Villager” in its masthead. Although we’re sure Goodstein will find that intriguing, we think she’ll probably want to stick with the New York City Villager’s new masthead for a while.

NOT JUST NITTY-GRIDDY: An article in last week’s Villager, “Thinking ‘Beyond the Grid’ about disaster preparedness,” omitted the structure of the Beyond the Grid project and didn’t name all of its participants. In fact, Beyond the Grid is the effort of a consortium led by Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, composed of consultants with expertise in community development (Urbane Development, LLC); wireless technology (WiFi-NY), resilient design (Milestone Architecture, PLLC, with Alex Nadolishny’s consulting expertise in energy systems and emergency response) and green jobs training (Green for All). The article also mentioned FEMA as operating a medical operation in the Rockaways, whereas the operation was run by a well-known nonprofit relief organization, not FEMA.

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Eateries worry something’s cooking for their corner BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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ne East Village landlord remains quiet as community concerns grow that development will envelop the corner of E. Houston and Orchard Sts. that he owns. Sam Mangano, owner of parcels at 187 E. Houston St. and 196-198 Orchard St., has taken several steps toward making more money out of the properties. Insurance investigators conducted an audit of the properties two weeks ago, and one business owner received an offer from Mangano seeking to buy out the remaining five years of his lease. However, current tenants remain largely unaware of what plans are in store for the space in which their businesses operate. Mangano, who owns Houston Real Estate No. 2, did not respond to multiple phone calls and a written letter from The Villager requesting comment. “He’s very evasive,” said Phillip Barraza, who owns the taqueria at 198 Orchard St. with his wife, Andrea. He said that in a recent meeting, he refused the landlord’s monetary offer for a buyout. Mangano told him that online rumors that Magnum Real Estate Group would buy the property were untrue, Barraza said. The landlord added that he intended to swap current tenants

for national retailers, according to Barraza. “We have to let him know that we are not interested in leaving,” the taqueria owner added. The restaurateur has retained legal counsel in order to resist any effort to remove his business from the property and replace it with a new development, which, he claimed, was the “not-so-well-kept secret” behind Mangano’s recent actions. “I have no problem battling this out in public,” Barraza stated. City records indicate the properties are still owned by Mangano. More than a halfdozen messages left at an office number for Ben Shaoul, the president of Magnum, went unanswered. An assistant there said she could not confirm whether the company was in talks to acquire property from Mangano. Other proprietors at the location said they have heard nothing from the landlord even as insurance inspectors entered their businesses. Turgut Sulo, the owner of Bereket Turkish Kebab House, said “many people” have been coming by the shop recently checking things on behalf of the landlord. However, Sulo said he has been unable to discern what it means for the location of the business he has overseen for two decades. “We don’t know what is going on here,” he said. A manager of AAA Ichiban Sushi, which

A low-rise cluster of small restaurants at E. Houston and Orchard Sts. is being eyed as a new development site.

sits between the kebab house and the taqueria, briefly showed a written notice of such an inspection to this reporter, who she mistakenly assumed represented Mangano. “The landlord has not contacted us. So we haven’t heard anything,” she said in Mandarin Chinese before declining to comment further on the issue. Additional inquiries made at adjacent businesses were referred to the owner of Ray’s Pizza, at 195 E. Houston St., who is Sam Mangano. Visits and phone calls to the establishment did not yield a comment from him. Longtime Bereket customers expressed concern that they would lose a regular haunt in an area that has lost other family and immigrant-run businesses to expand-

ing real estate development in the recent past. Halil Ocak, a taxi driver from Midwood, said he comes almost daily to the eatery, which is one of the few places in Manhattan where he can speak his native Turkish. A mother-daughter pair from Spanish Harlem meanwhile come every week for the lentil soup and the familiar atmosphere where they know the warmest spot is always right in front of the counter. Ida Lincoln, the daughter, said the customer service and cuisine make them regulars. Losing the restaurant would disrupt a routine going back to her school days in the East Village, she added. “That would be a shame,” said her mother, Kaye.

Wishing Everyone a Happy Passover & Happy Easter Assemblymember

Deborah J. Glick First openly LGBT Assemblymember — proud to serve since 1991. 853 Broadway, Suite 1518, New York, NY 10003 Tel: 212-674-5153 / Fax: 212-674-5530 glickd@assembly.state.ny.us

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A D.O.T. graphic showing the proposed street configuration on northbound Hudson St. between W. Houston and Bank Sts.

Parking-protected bike lanes are likely coming to Hudson St. BY SAM SPOKONY

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wo weeks ago, Community Board 2 approved the Department of Transportation’s plan for a new parkingprotected bike lane along Lafeyette St. and Fourth Ave. Last Thursday, D.O.T. returned to the board with a proposal that would provide the same upgrade to the current bike lanes along Hudson St. from Houston to W. 14th Sts. The plan, which would essentially extend the already-protected Eighth and Ninth Ave. bike lanes down from Chelsea through the West Village, was unanimously approved by C.B. 2’s Transportation Committee on April 3, and will next go to the full board on April 24. The committee had originally called for a bikesafety upgrade along Hudson St. back in 2011. In order to link up with those alreadyprotected lanes to the north, both the southbound portion of Hudson St. (which runs between W. 12th and Bank Sts.) and Hudson St.’s northbound portion (which runs from Houston St. up to Bank St.) would be covered by the upgrade. Parking-protected bike lanes, as the name implies, involve placing painted bike lanes directly next to the curb, while moving the car-parking lane away from the curb and into the street. The parked cars — along with an additional five-foot buffer zone — protect cyclists from traffic. Those upgrades have already led to sizable safety improvements in Chelsea, according to D.O.T. statistics. On the current parking-protected lane along Eighth Ave., between Bank and W. 23rd Sts., injuries to cyclists have dropped by 25 percent since 2009. And on the parking-protected lane along Ninth Ave., between W. 33rd and W. 16th Sts., cyclist injuries have dropped by 46 percent. Due to the Hudson St. proposal’s addition of seven mixing zones — which improve visibility between turning cars and bikes at intersections — and several pedestrian islands, D.O.T. said the new bike lane upgrade would eliminate 58 parking spots (or around 25 percent of the current

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parking along the proposed stretch). Several Villagers attended the April 3 meeting to support the proposal. “I’m very excited to see them,” said Willow Stelzer, who lives at Hudson and Barrow St. and uses the Hudson St. bike lane as part of her commute to Midtown. “It makes a world of difference to have that extra protection, and to feel confident that you can get to work unscathed, without having to avoid traffic or dodge trucks parked in your way.” However, similar to reactions to the previously approved plan for a parkingprotected bike lane along Lafayette St. and Fourth Ave. (between Prince and E. 12th Sts.), some Hudson St. merchants said they aren’t happy about the idea. Along with losing some parking spots, the new bike lanes would impact businesses dependent on daily deliveries by trucks or vans that use the curbside spaces. “I just hope [the bike lane upgrade] doesn’t happen, because it would definitely cause problems for us in terms of deliveries,” said Rodolfo Goncalves, owner of Sweet Corner Bakeshop, at 535 Hudson St. He said it’s already challenging to move his shop’s large and intricately designed cakes to the curb without damaging them. “Bad things can happen to the cakes, and it could become dangerous for whoever’s carrying them, especially if it’s raining or snowing,” he said. “I know it’s safer for the bikes, but I have to think of my business.” But Michael Burst, owner of Hudson River Flowers, at 541 Hudson St., said he could accept the negative impact on deliveries because of a particularly positive side effect. “Sometimes cops from the Sixth Precinct [on W. 10th St. near Hudson St.] leave impounded cars sitting along the curb outside our shop, and it stops the street cleaner from coming through,” Burst said. “I’d support [the bike lane upgrade] because they won’t be able to leave those cars there.” If C.B. 2 approves, work to upgrade the bike lanes would begin in July, according to D.O.T.

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POLICE BLOTTER Bank robbery spree

Police are seeking an unidentified man who allegedly pulled off six different bank robberies over the past three months, including one on the Lower East Side and one near Union Square. The suspect — described as a 25-year-old black male, around 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds — began on Jan. 25, when he hit a Chase bank at 101 Barclay St. in Tribeca, police said. Then, on Feb. 22, he pulled back-to-back jobs, first at the Popular Community Bank at 134 Delancey St., and minutes later at a Capital One bank near the corner of E. 34th St. and Second Ave. Each time, the suspect simply walked into the banks and demanded cash, the tellers complied and he fled with the loot, police said. He struck again Feb. 28 at a Capital One bank on E. Fordham Road in the Bronx, according to cops. The suspect then tried for another doubleheader on March 8. But after making off with cash at a Chase bank at E. 14th St. and Fifth Ave., he came away empty-handed from a Citibank at E. 16th St. and Fifth Ave., after the teller rebuffed his demands. He struck again March 10, successfully, at a Flushing Savings Bank in Queens, police said. On March 29, the suspect returned to the 134 Delancey St. bank around 1 p.m. But the teller refused to hand over cash, and the robber escaped again, police said. No injuries were reported after any of the incidents, police said.

Is that punch organic?

Police arrested Higashida Yuki, 29, on April 3 for allegedly attacking a security guard after trying to shoplift from the Union Square Whole Foods Market. The guard, 48, told cops he caught Higashida red-handed near the exit of the 40 E. 14th St. grocery store, around 8 a.m., confronted him and took back the goods. The alleged thief then tried to flee. When the guard tried to detain him, Higashida punched him in the face, giving him a nasty black eye, police said. Higashida was held by other security guards until officers arrived minutes later to handcuff him. He was charged with robbery.

Butt-grabber busted

Shalom Segelman, 35, was arrested early April 3 after he grabbed a woman’s rear on a West Village sidewalk, police said.

A surveillance image of the serial bankrobbing suspect, according to police.

The victim, 31, told cops she was talking to her boyfriend near the corner of Jane and West Sts., around 1:30 a.m., when Segelman passed by and squeezed her rear end. The woman and her boyfriend together were able to detain the alleged perv while flagging down a police officer, who quickly apprehended him. Segelman was charged with forcible touching.

Citi Bike snatch

Police arrested William Perry, 30, early on April 2 after they say he took a stolen Citi Bike for a joyride. A patrolling officer said he stopped Perry around 4 a.m. after catching him riding on the sidewalk along Christoper St., between Hudson and Greenwich Sts. Checking its identifying information, the officer determined Perry hadn’t paid for the bike, which is valued at $1,200. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

What’s in your wallet?

Darius Pettiford, 24, was arrested April 6 after being caught with stolen credit cards and a bag of alleged marijuana, police said. A transit police officer said he stopped Pettiford around 9:45 p.m. because he was walking between an L train’s cars while it was in the Eighth Ave. station. After searching him, the officer found Pettiford was carrying a wallet containing the credit cards, as well as a state ID and college student ID, all under a different man’s name and already reported stolen, police said. The officer also found the purported pot in Pettiford’s pants pocket. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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Rent freeze likely for more The Church of the Ascension Avenue at Tenth Street seniors with SCRIE change Fifth www.ascensionnyc.org BY SAM SPOKONY

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housands of New York City seniors living in rent-regulated apartments may soon be able to celebrate a rent freeze, after a budget deal reached by the state Legislature. The state’s 2014-15 budget, which was approved on March 31, allows for a huge increase to the income limit for eligibility in the city’s Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption, or SCRIE, program. Pronounced “scree,” the exemption freezes housing costs for rent-regulated residents older than age 62 who already pay more than onethird of their income for rent. Currently, residents whose annual income is $29,000 or less are eligible for SCRIE. The new state provision would raise that income cap up to $50,000 — a 72 percent increase — allowing around 24,000 additional households to enter the program, according to state estimates. The city currently pays the full cost of

SCRIE, but the new provision would have the state foot the bill for any newly eligible applicants whose incomes are between $29,000 and $50,000. The plan to expand SCRIE eligibility was first introduced by state Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh. “SCRIE enables us to protect some of our neighbors who are most vulnerable to being displaced by ever-increasing rents,” Kavanagh said on March 31, after the state budget passed. “I thank my colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly, the governor and all the tenants and advocates who have partnered with us to expand the program to include many men and women who have been ineligible and have been struggling to make ends meet,” Kavanagh said. Before it can go into effect, the program’s expansion will have to be approved by the City Council. Councilmember Margaret Chin, who chairs the Council’s Committee on Aging, took a step toward that end by introducing a bill on April 10 that would make the new SCRIE provisions official.

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Please join us for Services in Holy Week. April 13 – The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday 9 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist with Blessing and Distribution of Palms 11 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist (with Full Choir), with the Liturgy of the Palms, Procession, and the reading of the Passion Gospel

Monday & Tuesday, April 14th and 15th 6 p.m. • Penitential Office with Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, April 16 – The Service of Tenebrae 6 p.m. • Prayers, Psalms, and readings in the Shadows

April 17 – Maundy Thursday

6 p.m. • The Maundy Thursday Liturgy (with Full Choir), with Washing of Feet, Stripping of the Altar, and Setting of the Altar of Repose. After the evening service, an all-night Vigil before the Reserved Sacrament will be kept in All Saints’ Chapel.

April 18 – Good Friday

12 noon to 3 p.m. • The Three-Hour Liturgy for Good Friday (with Full Choir), with the reading of the Passion Gospel according to St. John, Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross, and Meditations.

April 19 – Holy Saturday: The Easter Vigil

8 p.m. • The Great Vigil of Easter with the Lighting of New Fire, the Paschal Candle, Baptism and the Renewal of Baptismal Vows.

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April 20 – Easter Day: The Day of Resurrection 9 a.m. • The Second Eucharist of Easter 11 a.m. • Festival Eucharist for Easter Day (with Full Choir)

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Veterans keep fighting — against curfew for memorial BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL

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group of activist local veterans have put the lie to General Douglas MacArthur’s famous saying, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” For the fourth time in three years, several indomitable gaffers were arrested late last Friday night at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Water St. in Lower Manhattan. Their chief complaint has been the memorial’s posted closing time of 10 p.m. The vets feel they should be able to visit their own monument anytime. “We believe that the need to grieve, and the need for reflection, cannot be legislated,” said Bill Perry, 67, a disabled

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veteran, who was one of three vets and three supporters arrested. Just before the 10 p.m. closing time, Walter Gafforio, 67, stood in the rain holding a banner reading, “Nightmares of War Don’t End at 10 p.m.” “I can’t see how the police arrest a bunch of old vets for standing in front of their memorial, when they leave the bankers alone,” said Gafforio, who served in the Army in Vietnam. A police commander gave several warnings through a bullhorn, before officers, their belts holding clumps of plastic handcuffs, began lining the six up against a glass wall of the memorial. “There’s no reason for this park to be closed,” said John Spitzberg, 76, a member of Veterans For Peace, before he was led away. As the crowd chanted, “Shame,” the six were walked to a police van, where their photos were taken before they were loaded inside. Perry, a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, said police were patient and respectful of those who were cuffed. They were taken to the 7th Precinct, given summonses and released an hour later. At their trial last July, more than a dozen vets arrested for trespassing under similar circumstances in 2012 were found guilty but had their charges dismissed. At that trial’s conclusion, Judge Robert Mandelbaum, looking over a courtroom of defendants aged 50 to 86, reasoned that, “Justice cries out for a dismissal.” However, Mandelbaum cautioned, “A dismissal here can in no way be taken as a license for anyone here to return to the plaza after 10 p.m.” The six will be back in summons court on June 18. While past demonstrations at the memorial have coincid-

Richard Lynch of Staten Island, a constant presence in Zuccotti Park during Occupy Wall Street, being arrested at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on April 4.

ed with the anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan, last Friday’s was part of Wave of Action, a worldwide effort marked by gatherings and protests at former Occupy Wall Street locations. Almost lost in the cluster of Friday’s events was another sad milestone, as 2,301 Americans were listed killed in Afghanistan since the start of that war.

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Stations of the Cross: The Struggle for LGBT Equality “In the sacrifices of martyrs of the LGBT movement, we can come to a new understanding of the cross…” Mary Button, artist

Exhibited throughout Holy Week April 13 - 20 Opening Reception - Sunday, April 13 5 - 8 PM See website for further open times.

Palm Sunday Mass - April 13 - 11 AM Easter Sunday Mass - April 20 - 11 AM See website for complete worship schedule.

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John Lesch, 69, founded alt paper, lived in the East Village OBITUARY

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ohn Paterson Lesch, a former resident of the East Village, where he briefly ran an alternative newspaper, died .....Feb. 28 in Pennsylvania. The cause of death was cancer. He was 69. John was born in Misericordia Hospital in the Bronx in 1944 to Samuel, an editor at The Wall Street Journal, and Margaret Lesch. For the first few years of his life, the family lived at Clinton Court, a small “back building,” at 422½ W. 46th St., located in a courtyard in the block’s interior. The family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, in the early 1950s. John went to Cherry Lawn High School in Darien and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1963. He attended Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. There he met and married Jane Ward. They moved to the Barre-Montpelier area in Vermont, where John worked as an editor at the Times-Argus. They had four boys: Shawn, Jason, Damien and Forrest Lesch-Middleton. In the late ’70s, the marriage ended, and John relocated back to New York City where he founded a short-lived alterna-

tive newspaper, The Other Paper, in the East Village. He lived in the East Village nearly 20 years, and worked for Save the Children and McNamee Consulting, as John Lesch. well as Dinosaur Hill, a children’s store on E. Ninth St., where he set up its computer systems. In the ’90s, Lesch moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He settled in Kingston, and spent about 10 years living in a tent in bucolic Kirby Park by the Black Diamond Bridge. He was estranged from his family. About a year ago, with help from some friends, he was able to move indoors, and was in the midst of fixing up his apartment, working on writing projects and renewing his interest in shortwave radio. His call sign was K1VSW. He is survived by his children, his sister, Margradel Hicks, of Burlington, Vermont, his nieces, Laura and Geneva, and a few good friends. Pam Pier, Dinosaur Hill’s owner, said of Lesch, “He was brilliant, unusual, intense and funny...and many others loved him.”

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Scott Conant, of Meatpacking District restaurant Scarpetta, left, and Ryan Hardy, of King St. hot spot Charlie Bird, right — with Stuyvesant Town resident Mary, 85 — were among a group of celebrity chefs who recently created spectacular meals for homebound elderly residents, and then personally delivered the nutritious, gourmet fare to them in Stuyvesant Town. Other chefs who participated in the effort, organized by Citymealson-Wheels, included Marc Forgione, of American Cut; Michael Anthony, of Gramercy Tavern; and Amanda Freitag, of Empire Diner.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PETA-perfect piece To The Editor: Re “Ban the carriage horses; Keep the Citi Bikes” (editorial, April 3): On behalf of PETA and our thousands of members in Manhattan, thank you for the kind and lucid editorial about the carriage horses. It frames the issue perfectly. Dan Mathews Mathews is senior vice president, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

Great horse sense To The Editor: Re “Ban the carriage horses; Keep the Citi Bikes” (editorial, April 3): I just wanted to say thanks so much for the wonderful editorial about the carriage horses. I can’t say thank you enough for your

willingness to take a stand in such a hostile climate right now. Allie Feldman Feldman is executive director, NYCLASS (New Yorkers for Clean Livable and Safe Streets)

A humane trend To The Editor: Re “Ban the horse carriages; Keep the Citi Bikes” (editorial, April 3): Bravo for this piece, Villager. If we are able not to be harmful to animals, why would we be? Many cities around the world have banned horse-drawn carriages for all the reasons mentioned, and New York City will correctly be next —  unless Mayor Emanuel in Chicago beats de Blasio to it! Joyce Friedman

Principled position To The Editor: Re “Ban the carriage horses; Keep the Citi Bikes” (editorial, April 3): I’m glad that The Villager has taken a principled position against keeping the horse carriages. It is inhumane to have horses carrying tourists around in the year 2014 in busy Midtown traffic. We have a great alternative in these vintage electric cars, and no carriage drivers will lose a job. It is a win-win for everyone. Charlie Di Giacomo

Who’ll take them? To The Editor: Re “Ban the horse carriages; Keep the Citi Bikes” (editorial, April 3): If there is somebody or some company that will pay to take the

horses to retirement farms and let them live out their lives there, it would be humanitarian to ban the horse carriages. If there is no such benefactor, then the horses would be slaughtered. The horses, almost certainly, would prefer a hard life to death. George Jochnowitz

Nublu is cool To The Editor: Re “Former squatters fear bar next door will be a riot” (news article, April 10): As a squatter (with family) and a native New Yorker, I can’t wait for Nublu to open! This is far from a frat boy bar. This is a place of innovative, beautiful music, similar to The Stone on E. Second St. I have been to their place down the block many times over LETTERS, continued on p. 25

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All we are saying: Talking about an energy revolution TALKING POINT BY CHARLES KOMANOFF Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout Revolution, Evolution, Masturbation, Flagellation, Regulation, Integrations, Mediations, United Nations, Congratulations — John Lennon, “Give Peace a Chance”

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Komanoff, an economist and activist, lives in Tribeca

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he number-one energy meme of late is “fracking changes everything,” with fracked oil and methane (gas) having turned the United States almost overnight into the world’s leading extractor of hydrocarbons and, perhaps soon, even a net exporter. And that was before Russia annexed the Crimea and muscled in on the rest of Ukraine. Now the chorus of voices calling on Congress and the White House to neutralize Vladimir Putin’s use of natural gas as a geopolitical weapon by making America the “arsenal of energy” for Eastern Europe, as a former Bush NSC official urged in The New York Times, has moved into the higher decibels. Recently, the Times’s editorial board and the director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School have been among those urging stepped-up U.S. oil and gas exports (and, hence, more fracking). And that’s just on the center-lib part of the spectrum. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is demanding approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and pretty much the entire U.S. Right wants our oil-and-gas spigot on full bore, as well. To paraphrase John Lennon, everybody’s talking about gas fracking, well drilling, hydrocarbing, tar sands spilling (well, not spilling). But no one, it seems, is talking about exporting a different brand of energy to gas-dependent Eastern Europe: energy efficiency and renewables. Yet therm for therm, both would be just as effective as U.S. hydrocarbons at reducing the need for Russian gas. And, it almost goes without saying, efficiency and renewable could be in place a lot faster — and in a fashion that could allow Ukrainians, Czechs, Hungarians and Poles to be active participants in their liberation. The question arises: Why can’t the U.S. propose and take the lead in a new Marshall Plan — this one targeting Eastern Europe — that would: weatherize millions of homes; install combined heat-and-power systems in tens of thousands of schools, churches and commercial buildings; replace every last electricity-guzzling incandescent bulb between the Elbe and the Dnieper with LED’s; and do likewise with refrigerators and other major home appliances?

And, with only slightly longer lead times, build the bulb and appliance factories, train the engineers and installers, and groom the finance guys to put the pieces together? While of course retrofitting a million or more roofs with photovoltaics and erecting tens of thousands of industrial-size wind turbines? Who knows how big the gas savings (and CO2 reductions) would run, but they’re bound to be enormous. O.K., dream on — this is the U.S. of A, locked into an “all of the above” energy policy and exporting mostly soybeans, coal and drones. But then, why not Germany to lead the way? After all, Chancellor Angela Merkel is visibly repelled by Russia’s incursion into Crimea; Financial Times recently reported her charge that Russia is pursuing “law of the jungle” policies. Yet Germany is doing at home precisely what Eastern Europe needs: implementing a society-wide energy transition, or energiewende, to steadily supplant fossil and nuclear power with wind, sunlight, biomass and efficiency. Of all the world’s nations, Germany is by far the best situated — geographically, financially, technologically and by virtue of its historical debt — to lead its Eastern European neighbors to sustainable independence from both East and West. “You could say I’m a dreamer,” John sang, “but I’m not the only one.” Helping Eastern Europe transition from big-power supplicant to model for true energy progress could help many dreams come true.

WAG THE DOG: PUPPY PUPPET IS A HIT As long-sought sunshine brought parkgoers out to Washington Square last Sunday, a young boy discovered Rusty, the puppy puppet, the latest in the Washington Square Park marionette family of Ricky Syres. Other members of the brood include Stix, a twerking, whiskey-swilling hick; Little Doris (a mini-me of Doris Diether of Community Board 2; and Larry (ditto Larry Reddick, “The Bird Man” of Washington Square Park). Thanks to Syres’s expert craftsmanship and skills on the strings, Rusty is amazingly realistic. Stacey Rosenstock was out for a midafternoon walk with her mixed-breed dog Ollie when Ollie met Rusty. “It took him a full minute to realize the puppet dog wasn’t a real dog,” she said.

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First Run Film Festival Community Screening

Mime has the right moves Before he performed his hoop routine, a silver-painted mime enjoyed a game of chess in Washington Square Park.

NYU invites members of the local community to a free screening of the winning entries from this year’s First Run Film Festival.

Friday, April 18, 6:00-8:00 pm NYU Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th St. The annual First Run Film Festival showcases innovative works by students at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, part of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Winning films are selected from over 120 submissions. Past winners have included Spike Lee, Ang Lee, and Nancy Savoca. This event is free and open to the public with RSVP. Visit nyu.edu/nyu-in-nyc to register, or contact us at community.affairs@nyu.edu or 212-998-2400. Please be advised, no food or drink is allowed in the Cantor Film Center.

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Raising Cain in Chelsea over church air rights sale CHELSEA, continued from p. 1

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State Senator Brad Hoylman spoke at the April 6 rally against the 124 W. 16th St. development.

the protesting residents and elected officials only wield the authority of a moral argument when it comes to battling against the developer. Since Einhorn’s plans fully comply with zoning laws — and their air rights purchase was approved by the city last December — if they decide not to negotiate, there is only one way the developer could legally be forced to scale back those plans. That path would involve a major ruling, not by city officials, but by the Presbytery of New York City — the French Evangelical Church’s governing body — which must approve the sale of any church-owned property. The Presbytery already signed off on the sale of the previous building at 124 W. 16th St., back before it took place in 2012. But the same approval has not yet been granted for the sale of the air rights over the church, according to publicly available Presbytery records. In fact, Daniel Nicolas, a board trustee for the church, admitted in a March 31 phone interview that he and his board “haven’t had a conversation yet with the Presbytery

about the air rights.” He then claimed his board was “under the impression” that the Presbytery doesn’t have to approve sales of air rights, and said he is currently seeking “clarification” on that issue. In a later interview, Nicolas declined to comment on the April 6 rally. He also declined to comment on the fact that he provided false and misleading information about this issue — possibly with the intent of reframing the debate around Presbytery approval of the air rights — to a reporter for another publication. As part of a March 28 article, Nicolas told a Bloomberg News reporter that the air rights sale took place in 2014, and the initial agreement between Einhorn and the church, which led to that sale, also took place within the past several months. (The Bloomberg reporter later confirmed that it was Nicolas who made those claims.) In fact, as this newspaper has previously reported, and as is shown in city records, both the sale of 124 W. 16th St. and the sale of the

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gelical Church. Those plans were first laid back in April 2012 when Einhorn bought the former No. 124 building from the church for $4 million, later demolishing it, and simultaneously bought the air rights over the church itself, at 126 W. 16th St., for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, the church not only received more than twice the money necessary for $2 million worth of repairs to its aging facade and interior, but also gained 5,000 square feet of space in Einhorn’s new condo building, some of which it reportedly plans to rent out in order to establish an endowment fund. That air rights purchase allowed the developer to bump up the building height from six to 11 stories. The project is still “as of right” based on city zoning laws — but that hasn’t stopped the residents from railing against both Einhorn and the church. “They’re disregarding the needs of the hundreds of people impacted by this development,” said W. 16th St. resident Doug Halsey, who was joined by around 30 of his neighbors at a rally outside the development site on Sun., April 6. Amid chants of “Shame on you!” he also reminded the crowd that the Einhorns — Hal and Yiannes, the father and son leaders of the development group, as well as Hal’s wife, Valery — have said they plan to live at 124 W. 16th St. once it is built. Completion is currently expected by 2016. “It’s cruelly ironic that they plan to live in the building, because they’ll be bathing in the natural sunlight they will have literally stolen from the neighbors on their block,” said Halsey, referring to the fact that the rest of the street’s buildings — as with most of the surrounding neighborhood — rise no higher than six stories. Also joining the residents at the April 6 rally were state Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Dick Gottfried and City Councilmember Corey Johnson, all of whom strongly called on Einhorn and the church to scale back the development to make it fit with the context of the rest of the block. “Just because it’s as of right, doesn’t mean it is right,” said Hoylman. “It’s not right for [Einhorn] to block the light and air of so many of their neighbors. It’s not right for them to change the character of this historic neighborhood. And it’s not right that the French Evangelical Church is trying to get the top dollar for a development that’s going to ruin the neighborhood.” Following much of the criticism already heaped upon the design’s stark, stone and glass design, Johnson declared that the new building will “mutilate and scar” the block. “And we are not going to sit by and allow that to happen,” he told the crowd. “The people who have lived here, who have made Chelsea what it is and who have made 16th St. what it is, are more important than glass luxury condos going up on a beautiful residential block.” Einhorn declined to comment on the rally. For all their effort, the fact remains that

air rights took place in 2012. So it’s unclear why there were apparently no air rights-related conversations between the church and the Presbytery during that two-year period, and it’s equally unclear why Nicolas is now trying to claim that the air rights sale didn’t even take place in 2012. Many 16th St. residents have accused him and his church board of being disingenuous, for that and numerous other reasons. Nicolas, however, has not shed any further light on the matter. In any case, the Presbytery will likely decide whether or not to approve the air rights sale at its mid-April board meeting, according to Reverend Robert Foltz-Morrison, the group’s executive presbyter. Foltz-Morrison has declined to comment in detail on the issue, saying that he still needs to review both the history of the plans and the current situation. But he said he may be ready to make a decision after the upcoming meeting. He added that a decision may have to be held off until the following month’s meeting, depending on that review process. However, it’s also unclear what would happen, legally speaking, if the Presbytery were to deny the air rights sale, since that transaction has already taken place in the eyes of city officials. At the very least, it would likely give the protesting W. 16th St. residents at least some legal leverage in a fight to void that sale. And if the sale were to be voided, Einhorn, lacking those air rights, would have to stick with a sixstory condo building, rather than building up to 11 stories. Meanwhile, the residents have no intention of stopping their battle, as they hope to either convince Einhorn to have some mercy or the Presbytery to take a stand against the deal. “We are not giving up,” said Jen Ollman, a block resident who helped organize the April 6 rally. “We’re trying to set a precedent not only for 16th St. and not only for Chelsea, but for the entire city. We must save our city from this kind of development, because we’re all neighbors here.”

A design rendering of the planned 124 W. 16th St., center, which is currently expected to be completed by 2016. April 10, 2014

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the newspaper. Updating the look of a classic paper like The Villager, which was founded in 1933, was no small undertaking. Every design element was considered, from the vintage photo of Scoopy the office cat in Scoopy’s Notebook to the paper’s iconic front-page masthead itself. Goodstein handed off the responsibility to Michael Shirey, The Villager’s senior designer, who crafted the top-tobottom redesign. Out went the historic, hand-cut lettering of The Villager’s original-style masthead, replaced by a bolder, modern font. (In practical terms, the cleaner, more streamlined logo is also far easier to read on a smartphone’s small screen.) Goodstein, along with Editor in Chief Lincoln Anderson and others, provided input and feedback along the way during the process. The paper’s redesign was launched with the Oct. 17, 2013, issue, which featured color on every page, and also contained a photo-filled 80th anniversary special section. The issue was laid out by graphic designer Chris Ortiz, who also designed the cover of the anniversary special section. There was praise from some readers, yet also some stinging criticism. But the Better Newspaper Contest judge for this category was singularly wowed — Shirey’s redesign had knocked it out of the park! The Villager was awarded first place for Overall Design Excellence. In his or her comments, the judge effusively wrote, “New logo — new look for a paper that has been around 80 years! Love it. The Villager is exactly what a weekly community newspaper should look like. Nice ads, photos, use of color, consistent look, not too cluttered.” In addition, Milo Hess won first place for Picture Story for his photos of the Westminster Dog Show. Hess went backstage to capture the canine competitors getting their fur blow-dried or just lounging around while waiting to be judged. “Just when you think you’ve seen all the Westminster photos you could possibly have seen,” the judge wrote, “here comes a presentation with uniqueness, humor and a display of incredible photographic talent. A great job. To take a subject that’s been photographed a million times and still deliver something so different, even better, that’s incredible.” Hess also, umm, “scooped up” honorable mention for Art Photo. The Villager garnered second place for its news headlines, which are written by Anderson. In most of the competition’s categories, awards were handed out in two, three or even as many as five divisions, based on newspaper circulation size. But for Headline Writing, all of the state’s papers were competing against each other, lumped into one so-called “open divi-

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sion.” So, The Villager can be said to have the second-best headlines in the state. Among the paper’s winning headline entries were “Blogger skewers conservancy over hot dog purge in the park,” “Typewriter repairman’s job has been punctuated by changes,” and “Weiner, not going down easy, keeps on waging campaign.” “Great plays on words. None made me groan,” the judge wrote. In an award in a very prestigious category, The Villager took third place for Best Editorial Page. This category includes the editorial, opinion pieces (talking points and notebooks), letters to the editor, editorial cartoon and any other illustrations or photos. The winning entry included editorials on Soho street vendors, the mayor’s largesize soda “ban” and the city’s designation of the South Village Historic District. Opinion pieces included Jerry Tallmer’s reflections on his aborted assignment to accompany Ed Koch to a movie and write about Hizzoner as a film critic (Koch pulled out, worrying he would come off looking bad), Ann Votaw’s thoughts on being a struggling Village dancer after seeing “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Chad Marlow’s talking point arguing why Daniel Garodnick would make the best City Council speaker, and Scott Oglesby’s first-person piece on his experiences as a veteran New York City cyclist. “Editorials are really well-written,” the

judge commented. “Typography and size of columns keep readers’ interest. Strong opinion pages. These writers definitely work well together, and it shows in this quality paper.” In addition, in another “open category,” The Villager won third place for Coverage of Religion. The winning entries included Anderson’s article on the “miracle” reopening of St. Brigid’s Church on Avenue B after a major renovation saved the building from demolition; Tequila Minsky’s report on the salvaging of the ark at Anshe Meseritz on E. Sixth St. as the building was being redeveloped for residential condos; and Lesley Sussman’s obituary on Rabbi Pesach Ackerman, of Anshe Meseritz. The St. Brigid’s article was extensively illustrated by a two-page spread of Villager reporter Sam Spokony’s terrific photos of the church’s interior, as well as Jefferson Siegel’s photos of Archbishop Timothy Dolan leading the rededication service. “Varied content. Good use of art,” the judge wrote. Bob Krasner won third place for Art Photo for his shot of an artist painting an ornate pair of eyes at Art Around the Park at the HOWL! Festival at Tompkins Square Park. “An interesting juxtaposition of an artist and his work,” the judge in this category wrote. Ira Blutreich received third place for Editorial Cartoon for his take on surveil-

lance. His toon shows a couple in their living room watching TV while cameras, in turn, watch them from every angle — even from the TV itself. In the foreground, two goldfish in a fishbowl wryly comment on how it’s a shame no one has any privacy nowadays. “Is anything really private anymore?” the judge commented. “A very timely subject matter.” In terms of points won in editorial categories, The Villager finished in the top 10 in the state — exactly 10th, in fact. The awards were announced last weekend at NYPA’s annual spring convention Upstate in Saratoga Springs. Publisher Goodstein was thrilled at the paper’s strong showing, particularly with the top design honors. “Once again, The Villager (along with her sister papers, Downtown Express and Gay City News) captured a number of awards in NYPA’s Better Newspaper Contest,” she said. “As publisher, I was delighted, but not surprised. The dedication, creativity and journalistic excellence Lincoln Anderson brings to The Villager every week ensures quality and style that is sure to be recognized by his peers. “One award was particularly exciting: First Place, Best Overall Design for The Villager. As our loyal readers know, The Villager redesign was launched in October as part of our 80th anniversary edition — this was the winning entry! The redesign was fun, exciting, challenging and, well…scary. It’s an 80-year-old paper, after all. “For how good it feels to be part of a great paper, it feels even better to be part of a great team. The Villager redesign took a village (or at least the entire team at The Villager) to achieve. Every single person in the company weighed in on the changes and offered ideas to freshen the look without losing the paper’s rich legacy. Michael Shirey, our lead designer, created a new, modern look and shepherded the paper through the design process, while Lincoln used his editorial eye to ensure the integrity of the paper was not diminished at the expense of design. The end result: an award-winning design. Way to go team!” It was also a banner year for Gay City News, which won first place in the Magazine category for its Wedding Pride publication and also for Coverage of Religion for articles on the impact of Pope Francis, plus second place for Special Holiday Edition for its Gay Pride issue, and third place for Coverage of Police, Crime and Courts. Editor Paul Schindler won second place for Coverage of Elections and Politics. Downtown Express won third place for Obituaries, including pieces on James Gandolfini and Liz Berger, former president of the Downtown Alliance business improvement district. Over all, NYC Community Media finished fifth in the state in total editorial points for group or chain newspapers.

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berg, a 5-year-old member of the Cubs Tball squad, as the teams geared up for the ceremony. John Economou, the league’s current president, was eager to start the season, which will run through June. “We’re really excited to kick off the 2014 season,” he said. “The effects of Sandy seem to be behind us. J.J. Walker Field [at Hudson and Clarkson Sts.] is now open again. It’s been 30 great years and we look forward to more years to come.” Vivian Palacios, whose 10-year-old son has been playing baseball in the league since age 5, praised the program as a means for bringing local youth together. “It’s a good way to have the kids socialize and be introduced to sports,” she said. Parents gathered in the center of the field to watch the players march in with their teams, before hearing remarks from Economou, league founder John Bennett and local politicians. “I’m proud to say that the founders’ dreams that began on a glass-ridden field on Leroy and Hudson Sts. — really a sandlot — have come true,” Economou said. In addition to paying tribute to the league’s history, many of the speakers referenced uncertainty around sources of funding for Pier 40 renovations, a centerpiece of the league’s facilities, and promised to continue working to keep the pier’s fields open for play. Last June, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed a bill to fund repairs to the pier through the sale of the Hudson River Park’s air rights. Among the politicians giving remarks was Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. “We’re all fighting for more open space in Manhattan,” she told the crowd. “Thank you for fighting for Pier 40.” David Gruber, chairperson of Community Board 2, said, “This community board’s members will protect this field. We will do everything we can to make sure this field is open to you forever.” Senator Brad Hoylman and City Coun-

I got it!!! G.V.L.L. T-shirt tosses punctuated the speeches.

cilmember Corey Johnson also addressed parents and players. “Opening day is the most optimistic day of the year,” Hoylman said, gazing out at the upbeat scene. “You're lucky to have such a dedicated community,” Johnson added. “We’re going to make sure that the future of Pier 40 is secure for you and generations to come.” In response to questions regarding the park’s future funding, Economou stressed the importance of cooperation. “We’re very excited about working with elected officials and community leaders to impress how important it is to keep the spaces we have,” he said. “Our league services thousands of families. Preservation is important not just to the league, but to the community.” The ceremony’s speeches — punctuated by G.V.L.L. T-shirt tosses to screaming players — were followed by the national anthem, a recitation of the Little League Pledge and the ceremonial first pitch. A

Councilmember Corey Johnson, left, and Borough President Gale Brewer were among the elected officials who attended opening day.

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group photo of all players and coaches in attendance concluded the morning’s festivities before games resumed at 1 p.m. As families attempted to escape the bit-

ing wind, Economou organized the picture from the speakers’ podium. “Get together like a big family,” he told the crowd.

Players on the Tigers team looked like some pretty cool cats.

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hoosing what you’re going to see at the Tribeca Film Festival on its opening date, April 16, is like waiting the day before to file your taxes. It’s possible, but not practical — and a very good way to end up waiting in line. Experience has taught us that you're better off arriving just in time and with a ticket, rather than terribly early but with nothing more than cash in hand and good intentions. Advance purchase will get you a seat. As for your enjoyment of the films, there are no guarantees. But the ones that made our by-genre list, filled with world premieres, famous actors and post-screening talks, seem more than promising. Keep checking thevillager. com throughout the festival, for reviews (and let us know your verdict, by leaving a reader comment).

Alfred Molina, left, and John Lithgow star as a Manhattan couple whose union comes with a price. See “Love is Strange” (part of the LGBT roundup).

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Before arriving on Broadway, John Carney’s Dublin busker tale “Once” clicked with moviegoers, and scored the 2007 Best Original Song Oscar for “Falling Slowly.” The Irish writer/director is back, this time using the soundtrack of a NYC summer to connect the dots between damaged souls and music as a bonding agent. “Begin Again” has romantically involved songwriters Gretta (Keira Knightley) and Dave (Adam Levine) moving to the big city after the latter scores a major label deal. When rising star Dave’s infidelity forces Gretta to become a personal and professional solo act, her raw performance on an East Village stage catches the attention of a disgraced record exec (Mark Ruffalo) who’s also in need of reinvention. This film closes the festival, with an April 26 screening at BMCC Tribeca PAC. Based on the Tony Award-winning play,

Harry Dean Stanton narrates an unsentimental account of Montana cowboy life, in “Fishtail.”

writer/director Stephen Belber’s “Match” lands a Seattle couple (played by Matthew Lillard and Carla Gugino) in New York to conduct research for a dissertation on the 1960s dance scene. Their subject is Toby (Patrick Stewart), a former hoofer-turnedhermetic-ballet-instructor, who regales them with colorful anecdotes — but drops

the social niceties when their line of questioning becomes uncomfortably personal. In “Ballet 422,” cinematographer and documentarian Jody Lee Lipes takes a quiet but unflinching fly-on-the-wall look at 25-yearold choreographer Justin Peck, as he pools the collective resources of New York City Ballet’s musicians, designers and dancers in

order to create the company’s 422nd original piece. TV writer Amy Berg (“Person of Interest” and “Leverage”), whose Catholic priest sex abuse documentary “Deliver Us From Evil” was nominated for a 2006 Academy Award, makes her fiction feature debut. “Every Secret Thing,” an adaptation of Laura Lippman’s novel, takes place in a New York suburb. Seven years after a baby goes missing from her front porch, a pair of young girls blamed for the crime are released from prison — and face the scrutiny of two detectives called into town when another child disappears. Diane Lane and Dakota Fanning are among the cast members. Brooklyn writer-director Onur Tukel stars in “Summer of Blood,” his dark comedy about relationships, attraction and commitment. After rejecting his successful girlfriend’s proposal, misanthropic Eric (stuck in a dead end job) has an alleyway encounter with a vampire that leaves him with newfound confidence, an insatiable liquid diet and an ironic perspective on what it means to be human. Brooklyn blood of a more serious nature is front and center in Director Keith Miller’s “Five Star.” Taking place over several hot summer weeks, a longtime member of the Bloods (both in the film and in reality) tutors a young boy in the code of the streets, while deciding whether his vow to become a better father and husband trumps all that gang culture has to offer.

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Director Lloyd Handwerker brings an insider’s edge to “Famous Nathan’s,” his documentary about the humble origins and lasting legacy of Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters. Packed in a casing of home movies and rare archival footage, HandFILM FESTIVAL, continued on p. 20

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The world’s ‘Stag’ is our ‘Weekend’

From Ireland, a gentler entry in the bachelor party genre FILM REVIEW THE BACHELOR WEEKEND Directed by John Butler Runtime: 94 minutes 4/22, 8:30pm | 4/23, 7pm at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea (260 W. 23rd St., btw. 7th & 8th Aves.) 4/24, 1pm | 4/27, 9pm at AMC Loews Village 7 (66 Third Ave., at 11th St.) Available On Demand beginning April 15 COURTESY OF TRIBECA FILM

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merican audiences are conditioned to expect maximum levels of raucous debauchery from their bachelor party flicks — but “The Bachelor Weekend” provides viewers with a slightly different, more gentle spin on the genre. Released as “The Stag” overseas, this Irish import to the Tribeca Film Festival is a breezy, genial film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. While it may seem like damning with faint praise, the amiable nature and heart of the movie is what sets it apart from the other films in its sub-genre. The story centers around a persnickety groom-to-be Fionnan (Hugh O’Conor), who, at the urging of his fiancé and best man, Davin (Andrew Scott), is sent off on a “stag weekend” with his friend Simon, and “The Kevins” — his gay younger brother and his partner, who are both named Kevin. The lads plan to camp in the countryside to get in touch with their rougher sides, but

things go awry when the bride’s brother (co-writer Peter McDonald) tags along — a force of nature who goes by the amusingly unwieldy moniker “The Machine.” As the group gets further off the beaten track in the wilderness, The Machine helps coach the group into being more confident and “manly” in his own unconventional way, while they help to soften his edges. If the plot sounds a little cliché, or oldfashioned, it’s because it is. Everything clicks along just as one would expect — no setup goes without a payoff, nor is any narrative thread left unresolved. Even the commentary on gender roles and what “manliness” means isn’t exactly fresh or progressive (though it’s heart is in the right place). But it’s a familiar tale told well, with more than enough solid laughs and gags to justify its reliance on well-worn story structures, and has plenty of great character

work to boot. McDonald and director John Butler’s script strikes a delicate balance between good-natured banter and dry humor, and bigger, physical comedy set pieces to ensure the film never feels too broad or too small-scale. It also takes the time to develop each of the characters enough to make them wholly endearing to the audience. It also helps that the cast is exceptionally likable. As The Machine, McDonald has the comedic side of the film on lock, quick with one-liners and possessing a knack for physical comedy (a hysterical bit involving his character and an electric fence proves to be a highlight). Scott, as the put-upon best man, Davin, is fantastic. He kills with deadpan wit, but is even better at bringing depth to the inner conflict and pain his character feels — as in a particularly disarming sequence where he sings a heartbreaking tune a capella by the fire.

Many of the film’s strengths and weaknesses are best exemplified in an eleventh hour fight between Fionnan and Davin, which begins with emotional revelations and ends with a couple of semi-nude men brawling in the dirt. Is the fight predictable? Yes. But it doesn’t take anything away from how well-acted the sequence is, and how adept the film is at switching from effective character beats to broader comedy. Butler, a first-time feature helmer (and co-writer) provides solid, and sometimes playful direction — a promising debut. The cinematography’s also quite pretty, and does a good job capturing the unique beauty of the damp, grey Irish countryside and forests. All these little things add up to allow “The Bachelor Weekend” to rise above its somewhat strict adherence to formula, and become a comedy worth seeking out.

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werker uses interviews with colorful family members and Coney Island characters to show how his immigrant grandfather’s American dream became a culinary reality — and a cultural touchstone. Tribeca Film Festival alum Jeff Reichart — whose 2010 documentary “Gerrymandering” scrutinized the redistricting process — teams up with Farihah Zaman for “This Time Next Year.” Together, they document the efforts of Long Beach Island, New Jersey residents to recover from Superstorm Sandy in time for the make-or-break summer season. Set in the American West, “Fishtail” has another group battling the elements and changing times, in a bid to maintain their way of life. Narrator Harry Dean Stanton’s voice gives gravitas (and gravel) to this unsentimental portrait of Montana’s Fishtail Basin Ranch cowboys, as they navigate another calving season. Cultural preservation is the goal of “Tomorrow We Disappear.” When high-rise developers purchase the land occupied by New Delhi’s Kathputli colony of puppeteers, performers and magicians, an already vanishing form of Indian folk art is threatened with extinction. “We are the flying birds,” they tell the filmmakers, “here today and gone tomorrow.” “The Overnighters” finds a small conservative North Dakota town overwhelmed by the influx of desperate men in search of employment, when hydraulic fracturing uncovers a rich oil field. The compassion shown to them by a local pastor soon puts him at odds with those who don’t embrace the church’s far-reaching “love thy neighbor” policy. James “The Amazing” Randi gets some long-overdue love, in “An Honest Liar.” For the better part of his 50-year career, Randi has been

Norway’s winter white is about to get a good coating of blood. See “In Order of Disappearance.”

exposing con artists who use the professional magician’s bag of tricks to hoodwink and swindle the gullible masses. Hated by faith healers, fortune-tellers and gurus (including self-professed spoonbender Uri Geller), Randi’s masterful debunking of these phonies has earned the admiration of Penn Jillette, Bill “The Science Guy” Nye and “Mythbuster” Adam Savage — all of whom appear in the film to back up the assertion that every one of us is vulnerable to deception (even Randi, as it turns out). Music documentaries, always a strong presence in the festival, don’t disappoint with this year’s crop. “Super Duper Alice Cooper” delves beyond the chickenslaughtering and dead-baby-eating theatrics of the man born Vincent Furnier, while showing requisite respect to the “School’s Out” singer’s outrageous (and outrage-inducing) stage antics. Using a stylistic blend of performance footage, animation and candid interviews meant to evoke the frenzied Alice Cooper per-

sona, this sprawling “Doc Opera” is from the team whose 2010 Rush documentary (“Beyond the Lighted Stage”) won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award. Multimedia artist One9 snagged the festival’s opening night honor, with “Time is Illmatic” — which follows the creative trajectory of Nas’ 1994 opus, “Illmatic.” Then a young street poet from Queensbridge, this debut album helped to define hip hop and immediately cemented his reputation as a visionary MC. Nas will perform, after the film’s April 16 screening at the Beacon Theatre. For tickets, visit tribecafilm.com/openingnight. Those of us old enough to remember the punkish pixie who fronted The Sugarcubes can appreciate the decades-long creative arc of Björk, a seriously avantgarde performer and video artist to whom the current pop vanguard owes an enormous (conscious or otherwise) debt. “Biophilia Live” blends concert footage of songs from her eighth studio album with animation as well as science and

With its April 16-27 run, the Tribeca Film Festival occupies that sweet spot where sightings of spring jackets finally trump those of the de Blasio family shoveling snow. But a trio of foreign films never got the memo. Lingering shots of Northern China’s wintry industrial landscape give atmospheric depth to director Diao Yinan’s “Black Coal, Thin Ice.” The Golden Bear winner for Best Film at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival injects social realism into its familiar cop redemption plot. Five years after being suspended from the force, the only work Zhang Zili can find is as a security guard at a coal factory. When new crimes fit the pattern of his old botched serial murder case, Zhang follows a trail leading to an enigmatic laundromat proprietor, whose possible connection to the deaths gives their dynamic a noirish edge. Opening on a classic dark and (snow) stormy night in northern Italy, “Human Capital” is director Paolo Virzi’s adaptation of Stephen Amidon’s best-selling novel — about how two loosely linked families become intertwined by conflicting perspectives on love, class and ambition. Revenge is a dish best served in the cold, and with a pitch black sense of humor — at least according to director Hans Petter Moland’s “In Order of Disappearance.” The stylish action-thriller takes place in the dead of a frozen Norwegian winter, as Nils (recent winner of his community’s “Citizen of the Year” award) comes undone after his son’s heroin overdose. Upon discovering a connection to Serbian drug dealers and a local criminal mastermind, the grieving father goes from a one-note vigilante to the centerpiece of an escalating gang war. FILM FESTIVAL, continued on p. 21

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Everyone who’s ever pined for something, or someone, that they’re just not meant to have will appreciate the burgeoning dilemma at the core of “Life Partners.” This world premiere, the feature directorial debut of co-writer Susanna Fogel, has its main characters staring down the barrel of thirty and wondering if their friendship is more than the sum of its codependent milieu. After breezing through the last ten years largely on the strength of their complimentary temperaments, straight Paige and lesbian Sasha have an intense friendship that seems more like a happy marriage. Their seemingly unbreakable bond begins to shift, though, when Paige meets Tim. A sea change in the lifestyle of one partner also threatens the couple at the center of “Something Must Break.” Set in the back streets and forgotten parks of Stockholm, Andreas has an intoxicating connection to Sebastian that owes more to their rooftop tangos than the beer they stole from that 7-Eleven — but soon, Sebastian’s androgynous fluidity becomes as much of a threat to their deepening romance as the questions straight-identifying Andreas is forced to face. Ira Sachs’ follow-up to his acclaimed “Keep the Lights On” is a different kind of emotionally intense look at long-term gay relationships being tested by outside forces. “Love is Strange” benefits from the star power and dramatic chops of Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as a Manhattan couple who face unexpected discrimination after making their union official. Set in the housing projects of Caracas, Venezuelan screenwriter Mariana Rondon directs newcomer Samuel Lange, in “Bad Hair.” When nine-year-old Junior decides he’ll be sporting straight hair instead of tight curls for an upcoming yearbook photo, the change in identity earns a fit of homophobic panic from his overtaxed mother. Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini celebrate the transgender community of Puerto Rico, in the documentary “Mala Mala.” The highs and lows of fighting for acceptance — personal and communal — are captured through candy-colored cinematography as well as interviews with LGBTQ advocates, activists, business owners, sex workers and entertainers (specifically, a drag troupe who call themselves “The Doll House”). The directors, along with subjects Ivana Fred, Denise Rivera, Alberic Prados, April Carrión, Queen Bee Ho, Sophia Voines and Paxx Moll will be on hand to take questions from the audience, after the April 19 screening (at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea). Our country’s first openly gay Congressman gets quizzed by Alec Baldwin, following the April 27 SVA Theater

screening of “Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank.” The documentary, which promises insights as unvarnished as its subject’s last name, questions how Frank’s homosexuality impacted his various campaigns for social justice during 40 years in office.

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Actor, New Yorker and unwavering Knicks fanatic Michael Rapaport makes his feature directorial debut, with “When the Garden Was Eden.” Based on Harvey Araton’s popular 2012 tome, this documentary begins in the 1960s and proceeds to chart the unlikely transformation of a group of players from the point of no respect to their position as one of the NBA’s most dynamic squads. Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed and others from the Knicks’ championship years reflect on a volatile era in New York’s cultural and sports history. Plenty of fighters have also had careerdefining moments at Madison Square Garden. Some of them are featured in “Champs,” director Bert Marcus’ look at how boxing promises a way out of poverty and, ironically, delivery from violence. Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins reflect on their personal histories, giving candid accounts of life inside and out of the ring. After the April 19 screening at Chelsea’s SVA Theatre, Tyson and Holyfield will participate in a Tribeca Talks panel discussion, alongside NYC boxing promoter Lou DiBella. In “Maravilla,” Sergio Martinez’s rise from the poverty of rural Argentina to a career marked by adulation, disdain, injury and conflict with the World Boxing Council is the basis for director Juan Cadaveira’s all-access documentary — which traces the boxer’s quest to reclaim the Middleweight title. Zen priest Noah Buschel’s fifth feature film also draws on the sport’s common themes of struggle and redemption. “Glass Chin” stars Corey Stoll as Bud “The Saint” Gordon. After one well-placed jab to the chin robs him of success, fame and their accompanying trappings, Bud pins his hope for a comeback on the promising boxer he trains and the deal he makes with a crooked restaurateur (Billy Crudup). Known to the rest of the world knows as “football” and still, for some reason, unable to establish a toehold in this country, soccer at least gets some respect on Tribeca festival screens. “Maradona '86” examines the story behind Diego Armando Maradona’s 1986 World Cup triumph, to reveal a complex and contradictory man who was an equally determined and gifted athlete. A Tribeca Drive-In selection, the familyfriendly documentary “Next Goal Wins” begins as the American Samoan national soccer team has suffered a 31-0 defeat. Having spent over a decade trying to win

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an official match, an eccentric new Dutch coach helps the team train for the next World Cup — and the elusive chance to redefine their unofficial title as “the worst team in the world.” Also of interest to sports fans: “Slaying the Badger” is a documentary about Greg LeMond, the only American who won the

Tour de France the old-fashioned way (he earned it). Another doc, “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” looks at the 1973 creation of independent team the Portland Mavericks — by, no kidding, an actor (Bing Russell) who left his steady gig on “Bonanza” to pursue that dream. Game over!

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The friendliest kidnappers you’ll ever meet

‘Captivity narrative’ tells the (real?) story of author’s disappearance FILM REVIEW © LES FILMS DU WORSO

THE KIDNAPPING OF MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ Directed by Guillaume Nicloux Runtime: 97 minutes 4/18, 5:30pm | 4/19, 9:45pm 4/21, 3:30pm | 4/25, 10:30pm At Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 260 W. 23rd St., btw. 7th & 8th Aves.

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tories about abductions which purposely blur the lines of fact and fiction are certainly nothing new — and in fact it was 16th-century tales of Englishmen falling into the hands of Barbary pirates, and then 17th-century recounting of New England colonists taken by Native Americans, that laid the ground for the wildly popular “captivity narratives” of those days. Now, “The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq” rebrands the captivity narrative with a humorously postmodern stamp,

French novelist Michel Houellebecq gets a home-cooked meal, from the mother of his bumbling captors.

purporting to tell the “real” account of the (actually real) disappearance of the (actually real) French novelist Houellebecq — starring the author as himself. As that true story goes, Houellebecq (whose writing has offended many people, notably including those of the Muslim faith) mysteriously vanished for several days during a promotional book tour through Europe in 2011, leading fans and journalists to speculate on a range of possibilities that included his being taken hostage by Al-Qaeda. The mystery was later compounded by the fact that the author, upon reappearing, refused to explain the circumstances behind whatever took place. And this new film, directed by fellow countryman Guillaume Nicloux, would

have us believe that, yes, Houellebecq was held captive — by a bumblingly comic group of criminal middlemen whose underlying intentions or employers are never quite made clear. So, after a brief introduction to the wryly philosophical and perpetually cigarette-smoking writer, we find him inexplicably kidnapped by three brothers — the obese head honcho Luc, bodybuilder/ martial artist Maxime and emotionally introspective Mathieu. And where, of all places, do they keep their hostage? Why of course, it's the quaint little country house of the brothers’ charming elderly parents, who later introduce themselves to the placid-yet-confused Houellebecq over a home-cooked meal. Throughout the increasingly strange

ordeal, Houellebecq is kept entertained by his captors with a copious amount of booze and smokes, along with discussions leading to absurd arguments and other forms of incidental bonding that include Maxime teaching the middle-aged novelist how to put Luc in various wrestling choke holds. And the whole array of events — including the hiring of a local prostitute for the protagonist’s enjoyment — definitely hits its comedic goals, drawing laughs with zinger after zinger, even as we continue struggling to understand just what the hell is going on here. It’s no spoiler to say that Houellebecq eventually makes it out alive — he is, after all, playing himself in a movie about himself — but the question is, what do he and his captors learn about each other, and themselves? How do they go about making the best of a bad situation, and where does it leave them when it’s all said and done? Keeping to the film’s theme of overall mystery, some of those are of course left unanswered, but some, on the other hand, give engagingly deep insight into the very real mind of one of Europe’s great living authors. And in the end, whether or not one has actually read Houellebecq, we’re left thinking that there’s something remarkably keen about this guy’s uniquely self-deprecating wit, not to mention the feeling that the old captivity narrative — in its most ironically authentic, quasifictional form — isn’t dead yet.

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NOTICE OF QUAL. OF TIGER GLOBAL LONG OPPORTUNITIES, L.P. Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/30/13. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 8/26/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to 101 Park Ave., 48th Fl., NY, NY 10178. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 03/27 - 05/01/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TRUFFAUT HITCHCOCK PROJECTS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/14/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 750 Lexington Ave., 28th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/27- 05/01/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF STATUE PARKING LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Icon Parking Systems, 211 E. 38th St., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/27- 05/01/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PARTY OF 2, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/7/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024. LLC formed in DE on 2/27/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/27 - 05/01/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SKAR PHARMACY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/12/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 3/6/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Pharmacy. Vil: 03/27 - 05/01/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIVINT SOLAR NICOLE MASTER TENANT, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/10/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 4931 N. 300 W., Provo, UT 84604. LLC formed in DE on 2/20/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/27 - 05/01/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF KNIC PROPERTIES LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/5/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Park Ave., 7th Fl., NY, NY 10177. LP formed in DE on 6/4/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: c/o Capitol Services, Inc., 1675 S. State St., Ste. B, Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/27 - 05/01/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GUARD HILL MAINTENANCE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/11/14. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Yuco Management Inc., 200 Park Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10166-0005. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF COOK MEDICAL LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/03/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Indiana (IN) on 11/06/03. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. IN addr. of LLC: 750 Daniels Way, Bloomington, IN 47404. Arts. of Org. filed with IN Secy. of State, 302 W. Washington St., Rm. E018, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Purpose: Sale of medical devices. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 50/8 REALTY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/10/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 770 Lexington Ave., 18th Fl., NY, NY 10018. Latest date on which the LLC may dissolve is 12/31/2035. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 404/75 REALTY LLC Cert. of Conversion filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/11/14, converting Deborah Realty Co. to 404/75 Realty LLC. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Friedman Management Co., 770 Lexington Ave., 18th Fl., NY, NY 10065. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF RAINBOW ROOM, L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy of State of NY on 03/05/14. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in DE on 02/04/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Avenue, 13th floor, New York, NY 10011. NRAI is registered agent as well. Address required to be maintained in home jurisdiction: 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org filed with DE Secy of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal & Duke of York Streets, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 313 CONSTRUCTION LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 489 5th Ave., 7th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WEST 54 55 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 3/3/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. Regd. agent upon whom process may be served: John LaGratta, c/o JD Carlisle LLC, 352 Park Ave. So., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10010, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PARMED PHARMACEUTICALS, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/3/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 7000 Cardinal Place, Dublin, OH 43017. LLC formed in DE on 1/1/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SERVICELINK APPRAISAL, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/4/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 12/30/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BOP MW RESIDENTIAL PARKING LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 03/10/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Vesey St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE on 03/06/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BOP MW RESIDENTIAL RETAIL LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 03/10/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Vesey St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE on 03/06/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DR RISK SOLUTIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/04/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 140 E. 81st St., Apt. 2D, NY, NY 10028. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: RO 35 W. 9TH STREET LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/11/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Goldfinger & Lassar LLP, 750Third Avenue, 11th Floor, NewYork, New York 10017. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014

UPPER WEST SIDE PLAYGROUP, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 1/19/11. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process toThe LLC, 10943 Mayfield Rd., Houston, TX 77043. General Purpose. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NIGHTLIFE OPPORTUNITIES IN SELECTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC Authority filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/3/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 9/28/12. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: NIGHTLIFE OPPORTUNITIES IN SELECTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC 365 W 52nd ST Apt 1F, NY, NY 10019. DE address: 1521 Concord Pike Ste 301, Wilmington, DE 19803. Cert. of LLC filed with Secy of State of DE: 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ADVANTAGE OPCO, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/24/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 7652 Narcoossee Rd., Orlando, FL 32822. LLC formed in DE on 1/31/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DWIGHT GROUP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/05/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Kalnick, Klee & Green, LLP, 767 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WP 112 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/27/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP, 902 Broadway, 13th Fl., New York, NY 10010. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 568 DRIGGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/10/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Hope Kessler, 425 East 58th St., New York, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ATC TOWER SERVICES LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/10/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 116 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116. LLC formed in DE on 1/1/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIVINT SOLAR ELYSE PROJECT COMPANY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/24/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 4931 N. 300 W., Provo, UT 84604. LLC formed in DE on 2/3/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 170 BROADWAY NYC HOTEL LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/25/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004. LP formed in DE on 2/24/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 170 BROADWAY NYC RETAIL LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/26/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004. LP formed in DE on 2/24/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014

NY SNEAKER GAME LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/16/2013. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: P.O. Box 165, NY, NY 10033. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AYTA CONSULTING, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/25/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 805 Third Avenue, 15th Fl., New York, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 189 PKG, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Aronauer Re & Yudell LLP, Attn: Michael S. Scher, Esq., 60 E. 42nd St., Ste. 1420, NY, NY 10165. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: JAX BEACH HOUSE 28, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/25/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 487 Greenwich Street, Apartment 7A, NewYork, NewYork 10013. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 747 STUYVESANT III, L.P. filed an App. for Authority with the NY Department of State on 2/13/2014. Jurisdiction: DE, and the date of its formation is 12/7/2010. Office location in NYS: New York County. The Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) is designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of such process is: Attn: Mr. Gijs vanThiel, c/o 747 Capital, LLC, 880 Third Ave., 17th Flr. NY NY 10022 The address in its jurisdiction if required or the office address: 2711 Centerville Rd., Suite 400, Wilmington DE 19808. A copy of the Articles of Organization may be obtained from Sect’y of State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover DE 19901. The list of names and addresses of all general partners is available from the Secretary of State. The purpose of the LP is any lawful act. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014

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the years. I remember Butch Morris and On Davis (homeboys from E. Seventh St.) jammin’ there with their bands. C-Squat should be happy to have them for neighbors. Hopefully, they would have sufficient soundproofing. Mac McGill

Parks and giving To The Editor: Re “Squadron touts ‘20 percent solution’ for needy parks” (news article, April 3): Thanks to the senator for chancing the idea that rich people might actually want to share. I hope he’s right. Apparently few others agree. I don’t quite understand the timidity of politicians on the issue of the unequal state of our parks. Didn’t we elect this mayor on the very premise of choosing equality for our city? Nor do I understand how we let stand a park system that allows wealthy donors to drive public park policy — which happens the minute a donor chooses to give to one park over another. And just to be clear, we want the large parks well and completely funded. They serve large swaths of the public. But I can’t, for the life of me, understand how anyone can enjoy the fancy park near his or her home while, blocks away, a park is forsaken that serves poor people — whose children arguably have the greater need of green space than their wealthier neighbors. Sara Roosevelt Park houses four park buildings: Two serve the needs of all Manhattan’s parks and one houses the alarm system for all five boroughs’ parks. This is in a very narrow, poor park with pathways that are sinking, in a community with very little green space. So, please spare us your worries about donors being discouraged from giving. We give with a great deal fewer financial resources. As always, it is the poor who understand generosity while the rest cling to this foolishness. K Webster

Reisdorff was real To The Editor: Re “Kenneth Reisdorff, 92, owner of the Broome St. Bar” (obituary, April 3): Ken was an extremely sweet man who cared deeply for New York and Soho. He always had a smile on his face and was

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happy to stop and talk about the day. His Broome Street Bar was a reflection of the man. Rustic and real, it was a great place to hang out. Ken was a true original who will be greatly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him. I feel fortunate to be one of them. Lawrence White

Missing the old WBAI To The Editor: We discovered WBAI almost 50 years ago. We were at Fire Island painting somebody’s house. We were listening to the radio and “The Lone Ranger” came on. We took off our jackets, lit a fire and started listening to WBAI — the old-time radio programming, the fabulous music, four great broadcasters (Bob Fass, Larry Josephson, Chris Albertson and Steve Post) and radio programming that one could call “fair and balanced.” And it really was. A good example was Dale Minor’s reporting from Vietnam. He was not embedded, he was reporting — a calm and intense voice of reason from the front lines. Even the fundraising was creative. One time we brought all our pennies and some toilet paper to the station. And I’ve always regretted that we did not respond to the appeal that, for $25, our four favorite guys would cook dinner in somebody’s (anybody’s) kitchen. Not that they all would fit into our tiny kitchen. Over the years, life changed, and so did WBAI. While the station still provides alternative programming, it is more strident, less objective and much less interesting these days. The diversity of opinion is gone. Bob Fass nailed it a few days ago when he spoke about the wonderful, democratic experiment that had been WBAI. I hope that all this need for power (or whatever is going on) will dissipate and that the staff and the board will return to the cooperation that somehow was possible even with the differing opinions in those good old days. “Radio Unnameable” is about all that I sometimes listen to these days. Susan Leelike E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@thevillager.com or fax to 212229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.

APP FOR AUTH FOR MARSDEN MEDICAL PHYSICS ASSOCIATES, LLC App for Auth filed with SSNY 02/19/2014 LLC. Registered in New Jersey on 05/04/1998 Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process toThe LLC, c/o David Marsden, 266 Long Meadow Road, Kinnelon, NJ 07405. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 CITYSCAPE ABSTRACT LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 02/25/2014. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 111 John Street, Suite 1050, New York, NY 10038. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SKYFALL II LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/12/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/03/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 350 W. 23rd St., PHA, NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal and Duke of York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SKYFALL III LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/12/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/03/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 350 W. 23rd St., PHA, NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal and Duke of York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ARHC NPNPZNY01, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/21/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/16/14. Princ. office of LLC: 106 York Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o CSC, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 110 WILLIAM PROPERTY INVESTORS III, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/26/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/20/13. Princ. office of LLC: 10 E. 53rd St., 37th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John B. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF GG CGS BRAND CAPITAL LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/18/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 411 W. 14th St., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10014. LLC formed in DE on 11/12/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014

 

                 File  No  2010—0664/A  

SURROGATE’S  COURT  -­‐  NEW    YORK  COUNTY   SUPPLEMENTAL  CITATION   THE  PEOPLE  OF  THE  STATE  OF  NEW  YORK  

TO:   Allen  W alker,  John  F.  Ross,  Thelma  Colbert  Young,  if  living  or  dead,,  to  the   their  heirs,  at  law,  n ext  o f  kin  and  distributes  whose  name  and  places  of   residence  are  unknown  and  if  they  died  subsequent  to  the  decedent  herein,  to   their  executors  administrators,  legatees,  devisees,  assignees  and  successors  in   interest  whose  names  and  places  of  residence  are  unknown,  and  to  all  other   heirs  at  law  next  of  kin  and  distributes  o f  Calvin  Ross,  Jr,  the  decedent  herein,   whose  names  and  p laces  of  residence  are  unknown  and  cannot  after  diligent   inquiry  be  ascertained.    

  A  petition  and  an  account  having  been  duly  filed  by  Stanley  Ross   Whose  address  is  1127  16th  Street,  NE  Washington  DC  20002.    

  YOU  ARE  H EREBY  CITED  TO  SHOW  CAUSE  before  the  Surrogate’s   Court,  New  York  County,  at  31  Chambers  Street,  New  York  on  June  3,  2014  in   Room  503  at  9:30  o’clock  in  the  fore  noon  of  that  day,  why  the  account  o f   Stanley  Ross,  a  summary  of  which  has  been  served  herewith,  as  Administrator   of  the  estate  of  Calvin  Ross,  Jr  should  no  be  Judicially  settled,  and  a  kinship   hearing  be  scheduled  t o  establish  Stanley  Ross  as  the  sole  intestate  distribute   of  the  d ecedent  herein.    

                Dated,  Attested  and  Sealed,    

     

     

HON  .  RITA  MELLA   SURROGATE   Surrogate  

April  1 ,  2014  

 

   

  Diana  Sanabra  –  Chief  Clerk

 

 

                    Name  of  Attorney  Allen  Wilson           Tel  No  212-­‐714-­‐0300   nd Address  of  Attorney:  770  Broadway,  2  floor,  New  York,  NY  10003      [Note:  This  citation  is  served  upon  you  a s  required  by  law.    You  are  not  required  to  appear;   however,  If  you  fail  to  a ppear  it  will  be  assumed  you  do  not  object  to  the  relief  requested.    You   have  the  right  to  have  a n  a ttorney  appear  for  you,  and  you  or  your  attorney  may  request  a  copy  of   the  full  account  from  the  petitioner’s  a ttorney]     Vil:  04/03 4/03  –  04/24/2014 04/24/2014  

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